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University of Michigan [series]

Cole received a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, becoming an Assistant Professor in 1966, an Associate Professor in 1971, and Director of OSAT in 1978. This series documents Cole's professional activities at the University of Michigan, including his position as Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Director of OSAT. The series contains information on the Traverse City Management Briefing Seminar, which was founded by Cole, and various projects related to the University of Michigan.

 
Mechanical Engineering Department [subseries]

The Mechanical Engineering Department subseries contains notes, exams and teaching materials for courses that Cole attended and taught. Videos from mechanical engineering classes can be found in the Audio-Visual Material series.

 
Courses taken
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ME 180 1960
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ME 465 -- Final and experiments 1962
 
Courses as a teaching assistant
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ME 336 -- Teaching Materials 1963
 
Courses taught
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"Undergraduate Automotive Engineering Courses," objectives for ME 496, 497 and 498
 
ME 496
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Teaching notes 1960s-1970s
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Exams 1960s-1970s
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I.C.E. (Internal Combustion Engines) test solutions 1960s-1980s
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Miscellaneous
 
ME 497
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Teaching notes and student tests/experiments (includes photos) 1960s-1970s (2 volumes)
 
ME 498 -- Automotive Engineering
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Course notes and sample instructional handouts 1970s
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Class/lecture notes and student projects 1970s-1980s
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Problems and exams 1960s-1980s
Box   2  
Exam solutions 1960s-1990s
 
Vehicle Dynamics
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Correspondence and miscellaneous 1970s
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Teaching notes
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Summer course -- Low pollution Power Plant Systems 1972-1973
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Professor Bolt's I.C.E. (Internal Combustion Engines) book
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"Automotive Engineering Program, " with program requirements and report concerning education and research January 1965
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Photographic roster of engineering faculty
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Dedication of automotive and aeronautical engineering laboratories and report on engineering education at University of Michigan 1957 undated
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Centennial 1986
 
SAE student branch
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Material by year 1964-1971
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Outstanding Branch Award form
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Photos of Cole and others
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"Carsmith" paper by John A. Roby 1983
 
Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT) [subseries]

Cole became the Director of the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT) in 1978. OSAT was originally called the Center for the Study of Automotive Transportation (CSAT) and was transferred to the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) in 1982. This subseries includes material on organizational planning (such as finances and strategic plans), meetings of the executive committee and information on the Automotive Quality Seminars, which were interdisciplinary luncheon seminars on automotive research.

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Center for the Study of Automotive Transportation (CSAT) description
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Organization information and strategic plan 1997-1998
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Finances
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"Review of Operations Through and Financial Plans" August 1980
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"Expense and Budget Review," 1981
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"OSAT Review of Current Status and Future Financial and Program Projections," 1982
 
Automotive Quality Seminars (luncheon seminars)
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1980-1986
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1986-1987
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Review of OSAT
 
Executive Committee
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Agendas 1979-1981
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Minutes 1978-1982 (scattered)
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Minutes, agendas and memos 1979-1982
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Correspondence 1979-1988 (scattered)
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Visiting research scholar, Yoon
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Delphi Forecasts 1980s
 
Traverse City Management Briefing Seminar [subseries]

The Traverse City Management Briefing Seminar was a series of engineering and automotive conferences held annually in Traverse City. The seminar focused on future automotive trends and was sponsored by the Office for the Study of Automotive Transportation (OSAT). Cole founded the seminar, the origin of which was a one-day conference on the Wankel engine in 1972, and was heavily involved in the organization of the event. He was responsible for planning and chairing the seminars starting in 1975.

 
Seminars
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Traverse City and Wankel Conference 1972
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1975
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Speakers for automotive seminars 1977
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1978
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1987
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1988
 
1989
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Agenda
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Correspondence
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Notes 1989-1990

(includes list of seminar themes from 1975-1989)

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1990 (2 folders)
 
1991
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Planning
Box   4  
Correspondence
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Miscellaneous
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1992
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1997-2000
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Seminar brochures 1973-1990 (scattered)
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Speech summaries in UMTRI (University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute) Research Review 1981-1994 (scattered)
 
Photos
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Sent by Gib Butler
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Miscellaneous
 
Projects [subseries]

The Projects files relate to the various activities in which Cole was involved. These include the Clean Air Car Race, the Urban Vehicle Design Competition and the U.S.-Japan Automotive Project.

 
Clean Air Car Race 1970

The Clean Air Car Race was a race from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to the California Institute of Technology, with the goal to increase public awareness of efforts to create low pollution vehicles. Winners of the contest were determined by a combination of performance, safety, low emissions and time. University of Michigan students entered two cars, a 1970 Volkswagen and a 1970 Chevelle, to compete in the internal combustion category. Cole's involvement in the project included overseeing student activities.

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Rules manual and route guide
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Rules and schedule of events
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Participants
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Reports on UM vehicle entries
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Results
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Correspondence
 
Photos of students and cars
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Including UM students working on an entry
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Including Fowler receiving a plaque with Professor Bolt looking on, and a picture of David Olds with VW entry
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Chevy (includes orders and installation instructions)
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Emission test
 
Vehicle Emission Test Data
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Hot Cycles test
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Hot Start 7-mode cycle test
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9 x 7 Cold test
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Balanced Atmosphere Project
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Organization Committee
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Newsletters
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News articles and clippings
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Certificate of completion
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Poster
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Miscellaneous
 
Urban Vehicle Design Competition

The Urban Vehicle Design Competition (UVDC) was a student-organized contest to design and build a vehicle suitable for use in urban environments. The contest was open to students from U.S. and Canadian universities, and involved roughly 2500 students from 84 universities. Vehicle design goals included creating a car that would handle traffic well in urban areas, but that would also improve exhaust emissions, passenger safety, parkability, energy efficiency and low speed impact protection. The competition was an outgrowth of the 1970 Clean Air Car Race, and was sponsored by SCORE (Student Competition on Relevant Engineering). The University of Michigan contributed two entries designed by students in the ME 498 course taught by Professor Cole, the Urban Car 1000 and 1100. The Urban Car 1000 was a rear-engine, rear-drive car, while the Urban Car 1100 was front-engine, front-drive. This subseries includes vehicle drawings and blueprints.

 
General information
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Summary of urban vehicle design project
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Summary package
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"Objectives, Activities, and Budget"
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Rules
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Entrance forms
 
University of Michigan entries
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Summary of U of M project, including 1000 and 1100 design descriptions
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Urban car mock-ups on photos
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Urban Car 1000 design proposal 1971
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Urban Car 1100 design proposal 1971
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Vehicle drawings/blueprints (possibly for 1100) (2 folders)
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Vehicle drawings/blueprints and photo
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Photographs and photographic slide of students and urban car
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Urban car design evaluation
 
Students
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ME 490 student progress reports 1971-1972
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ME 490 student paper 1973
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ME 498
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General student information
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Final report 1972
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Report on symposium "The Urban Vehicle in 1980" 1972
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SCORE (Student Competitions on Relevant Engineering, Inc.)
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Expense summary 1971
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Finances and orders
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Correspondence
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Newsletters 1971-1972
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Clippings
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LP gas offer and engine conversion 1971
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Industry contacts
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Safety
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Engine
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Chassis
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SAE
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Other schools
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Urban Bikeways Design Competition
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Report on Menasco compressible-solid shock isolators 1970
 
U.S.-Japan Automotive Project

The U.S.-Japan Automotive Project subseries contains information on the Joint U.S.-Japan Automotive Study and the International Automotive Industry Forum. The Joint U.S.-Japan Automotive Study was formed in 1981 in response to U.S. demand for information on the Japanese automotive industry. The University of Michigan partnered with Technova (who was the primary supporter and sponsor of the study) to do research on technologies, practices, policies and relationship between manufacturers and suppliers of the automotive industry in both countries. The Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Michigan served as the U.S. Secretariat, while Technova filled this same position for Japan. This study resulted in a comprehensive report written in 1984. During this period, the University of Michigan held several US-Japan Automotive Industry Conferences (later called the International Automotive Industry Conference), where David Cole served on the Planning Committee. The Joint U.S.-Japan Automotive Study led to the formation of the International Automotive Industry Forum, which was established to promote "a continuing dialogue among major institutional participants in the Japanese and U.S. auto industry" and to "identify and clarify the major emergent issues confronting and leading to a restructuring of the world auto industry" (Statement on the International Auto Industry Forum, 1985). Another reason for the creation of the forum was to monitor the development of the industry in relation to the U.S.-Japan Automotive Study's final report. This subseries includes reports, information on meetings, and materials from the International Automotive Industry Forums.

 
Joint U.S.-Japan Automotive Study
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Proposals, including "A Comparative Study of the U.S. and Japanese Automotive Industries" 1981 undated
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Working papers 1982-1983
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List of participants and researchers and participants' questionnaire
 
Correspondence
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1981-1983 (2 folders)
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1982-1983
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Fundraising, with information on Technova 1981-1982
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Finances 1981-1982
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Research outlines 1981, 1983
 
Meetings
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Meeting information and correspondence 1981-1982
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Meeting information and international correspondence (includes research meeting) 1981-1982
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Researcher meeting and auto study group meeting 1981
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Industrial sponsors and participants (includes research outline) 1981-1982
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Planning Group 1982
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Researcher's Meeting 1982
 
Policy Board meetings
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1981-1982
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1982-1983
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Final Policy Board Meeting
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Press releases, press conference and clippings 1981-1984 (scattered)
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Human resources
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Internationalization report
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Demand for automobiles
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Supplier/OEM relations
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Miscellaneous
 
U.S. Japan Automotive Industry Conference (International Automotive Industry Conference)
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Conferences 1-5 1981-1985
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Conference 8 1987-1988
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Correspondence 1981
 
International Automotive Industry Forum
 
Forums
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1984-1985
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1986-1987
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1987-1988
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1988-1989
Box   7  
1989-1990
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1990-1991
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1991-1992
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1992-1993
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1993-1994
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Correspondence 1985, 1993
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U.S. and European Policy Board
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Policy Board 1984-1992 (scattered)
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Japanese Automotive Information Center project 1981-1982
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News releases and clippings